Beacon Swimming Closes Solid Season

Finish 6-4 behind leadership of eight seniors

By Skip Pearlman

The Beacon High School girls’ swim team capped a strong season Wednesday (Oct. 18) at home with a 113-63 loss to visiting Nyack. The Bulldogs had won six matches in a row before dropping their last three to finish 6-4.

Sophomore Sarah Chin (Photo by S. Pearlman)

Against Nyack, which lost only one of its 10 meets this season, the Bulldogs got a victory in the 200-yard individual medley from sophomore Thandiwe Knox. Sophomore Natalie Negron placed third in the 100-yard freestyle, and senior Jessica Hockler took second in the breaststroke. Jolene Lagunda also took second in the 100-yard backstroke, a new event for the junior.

“Thandiwe and Natalie have both done exceptionally well for us all season long,” said Coach Larry Collins. “Jessica, a captain, has done well leading the team and has been consistent in the breaststroke.”

Beacon Swimming

Putnam Valley-Mahopac 92, Beacon 78

Beacon 88, Ketcham 82

Beacon 102, Port Chester 60

Beacon 101, Albertus Magnus 53

Beacon 106, Keio Academy 64

Beacon 93, Woodlands 77

Beacon 89, East Ramapo 67

Yonkers 101, Beacon 69

Harrison 51, Beacon 42

Nyack 113, Beacon 63

The team’s eight seniors — captains Hockler, Monifa Knox and Cassandra Ruffy, and Chloe Tomlins, Claire Wood, Gabriela Ferrone, Yvette Bien-Aime and Kaitlyn Neves — were recognized Wednesday.

Freshman Nina Negron (Photo by S. Pearlman)

“Our seniors average five-and-a-half years on the team,” Collins said. “All eight have done such a tremendous job for us. Who will follow behind them?”

Beacon will compete Saturday (Oct. 20) as one of 11 teams at the conference championships, held in its own pool. Winners advance to the Section 1 championships scheduled for Oct. 30 in New City.

The Beacon girls’ swim team, with Coach Larry Colllins (Photo by S. Pearlman)

Collins said Ruffy in the 100-yard breaststroke and Knox in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle have a good chance to advance, as both have had times that were within the top four best in the conference this season. The team also is strong in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the third best time. “It’s been a great season for the whole team,” Collins said. “They’ve been very competitive.”

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